Percey Bysse Shelley: Background - Percey Bysse Shelley...

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Percey Bysse Shelley: BackgroundPercy Bysshe Shelley was born 4 August 1792 in Horsham, England.first of seven children (two died as babies)born to Elizabeth Pilfold Shelley and her husband, a Whig Parliamentarian named Sir Timothy Shelley.As the son of a Member of Parliament who stood to inherit a sizeable income, Shelley attended only the best schoolsIn 1804, at the age of twelve, he went off to Eton College, the boys' boarding school. He was often teased by the other boys there because of his appearanceIn 1810, Shelley enrolled at University College, Oxford, to begin his unsuccessful college career.He and a friend named Thomas Hogg together published a book of bawdy poetry,which nearly got him expelled.He published the necessity of atheism Oxford dons were shocked by the essay's pro-atheist arguments and called for Shelley to be thrown out of school. On 28 August 1811, he was disapproved of his family, Shelley ran off to Scotland to marry a 16-year-old named Harriet Westbrook.Shelley was not really in love with herHarriet gave birth to their first daughter, Ianthe, on 23 June 1813.In 1813 Shelley self-published his first major work, the long poem Queen Mab. Shelley and Mary Godwin fell in loveHe explained his feelings to his wife Harriet - now pregnant with their second child believing that if she shared his ideals and truly loved him, she would want him to follow his heartHe was disappointed to learn that she did not. Nonetheless his relationship with Mary squared with his idea of honor.In July 1814, Shelley, Mary Godwin and Godwin's half-sister Claire Clairmont ran off together to the Continent, where they spent six weeks gallivanting through Western Europe.When they returned to England, she was pregnantShelley went into debt with his reputation destroyedShelley was forced into hiding for a few months to escape his many creditors.Tragically the couple's first child was born prematurely and died just weeks after birth. Their second, a son named William, was born 24 January 1816.Claire Clairmont had begun a relationship with the poet Lord Byron, a dark, perverse character who avoided philosophical debates on morality by simply have no ethics whatsoever.

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